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Carol Perkins: The Swimming Pool Story Part II

Carol rediscovers there's a kid in all of us.
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By Carol Perkins

When my friends and I decided to do our own water aerobics (last week's article), we chose to go to the "Y" around noon because that would be when most people would be having lunch. I had forgotten how relaxing being in water is, but I was not there to relax.

We did scissors, the "washing machine," fast flutters, front strokes, back strokes, climbing up and climbing back down the wall, cross country skiing moves, jumping jacks, along with whatever else we could do to keep moving. If I weren't out of breath, I was not getting the full benefit. Most of these exercises were done with water weights that looked innocent, but try pushing them down and up, up and down, or side to side in water! The first time I did a kick- boxing routine with the weights, I threw myself into the side of the pool. If I didn't end up at the side, I ran into one of the other ladies. "Don't worry," she said. "I'll just push you off like a float!"

I didn't know if I had the strength, but I swam three laps without getting my hair too wet! That was the goal. I was so proud that I texted my son Jon, "You'll never guess what I just did!" He once told me people in nursing homes move faster than I did.

The other two ladies couldn't go on Saturday, so I went alone. From the lobby, I could hear noise from the pool. Children! "Oh, no," I said to myself. "Saturday is not a good day." After making the drive, I wasn't going home. A Boy Scout group had rented one of the "lap" areas, and there was a pool party in the regular area. Their parents were watching and waiting from the bleachers, so I felt a little conspicuous. The lifeguard said, "They only have thirty more minutes, so go on in."

The boys could not contain themselves from "belly busting" into the water. So much for my hair! I wanted to say but have never done so, "Did you not see me? Did you not notice the older woman when you jumped over my head?" They splashed each other and whoever else was nearby. When they started dunking unsuspecting friends, I didn't turn my back! The only splashing the girls did was in self-defense.

Just when I was almost getting cranky, I thought about when I was that age. As long as there is water, there will be diving, splashing, and dunking. If I didn't want to be splashed, I didn't need to be there. This was "their" pool time and if I didn't like it, I should have stayed on the sidelines. No one likes a cantankerous person, old or young.

I took my grandson the next week when he was here for Spring Break. "Don't SPLASH me!" I warned. With a wicked smile, he swirled the water and "let me have it!" If he had been within catching distance, I would have dunked him! There is a kid in all of us when we're in the pool.

(My new book, A Girl Named Connie, is available at Blossoms Florist and Boutique Unique, 507 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141, Phone 270-629-3597; the Edmonton/Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce, 109 E Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY, Phone 270-432-3222; and the Lighthouse Restaurant, 1500 Sulphur Well/Knob Lick Road, Sulphur Well Historic District, KY 42129. Phone 270-629-3597. And Also on

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